2010 Skil-Shimano - Line up Complete
Skil-Shimano adds Young Gun's to their fill out their 25 man roster for the 2010
The Skil-Shimano team made their tour debut this past year taking a step into
the annals of cycling history with the first Japanese rider to finish the tour,
Fumiyuki Beppu. The team acquitted itself well with all the riders finishing
except Kenny van Hummel who left the race after a crash requiring seven stitches
in his knee; Thierry Hupond Thierry was the best placed rider for the team at
the tour; at the end of the season the team was 26th in the UCI Rankings.
The Pro Continental team is back this year with a 25 member group fortified
with some young talent That should give support to their sprinters in their
efforts to win at the highest level races. The team continues to support
anti-doping efforts by participating in the UCI blood passport program keeping
open their opportunities as a wild card for ProTour races.
Skil-Shimano have completed their squad line-up for
the 2010 season.
Robin Chaigneau and Job Vissers both signed for Iwan Spekenbrink’s team this
week. Robin Chaigneau (21) was a stagiaire at Skil-Shimano last season. He made
a good impression, but at the time the management felt he was too young to make
the switch to the professionals. In recent seasons, the teacher-training student
rode for Cyclingteam Jo Piels and was supervised by Skil-Shimano coach Merijn
The popular Roy Curvers has a chat with the
fans before the start of the Post Tour Criterium: Mijl van Mares.
Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen
In 2009 Chaigneau achieved a number of podium finishes, including third in
the Ster van Zwolle, second in Köln - Schuld - Frechen, second in the first
stage of the Tour de Berlin and third in the Belgische Zele. A big win was not
forthcoming, but Skil-Shimano feel Chaigneau has grown by leaps and bounds this
year and is now ready to turn pro. The Dutchman is a fast sprinter, who is also
expected to do well in the Flemish classics in the future.
Kenny van Hummel
Photo © 2009 Bart Hazen
Job Vissers became Dutch amateur champion in Ootmarsum last season, finishing
ninth among the pros. This season the 24-year-old did not manage a big win, but
he made an outstanding impression during his time as a stagiaire at
Skil-Shimano, giving a glimpse of what he is capable of as a valuable squad
member with regular appearances in the leading group. The Dutchman has
prioritized his chemical technology studies at TU Eindhoven in recent years. Now
that Vissers has graduated, and awarded a degree of cum laude Skil-Shimano feels
he is ready to fulfill his potential on the bike too. Vissers is a rider best
suited to one-day races.
By filling the final two berths in the 2010 team with Chaigneau and Vissers,
Skil-Shimano have given two high-potential young Dutchmen the opportunity to
shine at the highest level next season. The 2010 Skil-Shimano squad comprises 25
The team will open their 2010 season in the GP d’Ouverture La
Marseillaise on 31 January. Soon after, Iwan Spekenbrink’s Pro Continental team
will take part in the Tour of Qatar on 7-12 February in what is a traditional
start to the season.
‘We would quite like to take part in the Tour Down Under,' admitted Spekenbrink.
'But the places are so scarce it’s unrealistic to leave space for that in the
season schedule. But if we get the chance we will obviously be interested. The
organisers are aware of that.’
Skil-Shimano Cycling Team 2010
Kenny van Hummel
Koen de Kort
Bert De Backer
Skil-Shimano Cycling Team Staff 2010
Gunther van den Abbeele
|Raymond de Meester
Skil Adds Sponsor
Bastion Hotel Group
The Skil-Shimano cycling team has entered into a partnership with Bastion Hotel
Group, which becomes co-sponsor of Skil-Shimano on 1 January 2010. The team will
also leave Deurningen for a new permanent centralised training base at Bastion
Hotel in Limburg in the southeast of the Netherlands. ‘The centralised training
sessions will be coordinated from Limburg,’ confirmed team manager Iwan
Spekenbrink. ‘It is perfectly suited to the modern supervision of riders and
teambuilding as developed by the team.’
Bastion Hotel Group, a Dutch company, is the country’s fastest growing
independent hotel chain, primarily focused on corporate customers. Its
no-nonsense mentality has enabled Bastion Hotel Group to grow into a chain of 30
hotels. There is also a number of ongoing new-build projects. The group
increases its capacity by an average of 300 new rooms every year, by means of
expansion and new sites. The Bastion Hotel in Rhoon, for example, will reopen in
January 2010 with an additional 68 deluxe rooms, while the Rotterdam/Brielle
site will open 30 new rooms.
‘Cycling is an outstanding platform for raising awareness of our name,’ said
Maik Willems, director of Bastion Hotel Group. ‘We are also very interested in
the business opportunities the partnership opens up.’
The Skil-Shimano cycling team was certainly not a random selection. ‘We feel
that the young, ambitious team organisation has a lot in common with our own
organisation. We are very enthusiastic and we look forward to working together,’
added Kurt Oprins, sales manager of Bastion Hotel Group.
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